There’s no place like home

May 21

"Sports coverage for the Hood River News is now in the hands of a familiar face in Hood River.

Adam Lapierre, a 1999 graduate of Hood River Valley High School and native of the valley, is the new sports reporter for the newspaper.

Lapierre started work May 6, succeeding Dave Leder, who moved to the Roseburg News-Review in April.

Lapierre, who previously covered sports on the Pacific island of Guam for the Marianas Variety daily, brings a competitor’s perspective to his new job: among other things, he was a state wrestling champion for HRVHS in 1999.

“Adam brings our readers energy and a keen knowledge of a wide variety of sports,” said editor Kirby Neumann-Rea. “We feel fortunate to have his local’s insight to the varied sports and recreation interests in the county and the Gorge.”

For more on the new “sports guy” at the Hood River News, here is a Q-and-A with Adam Lapierre:

Q: What have you been doing of late?

I spent last summer in Denali, Alaska at a wilderness lodge. I ditched an eight month Alaskan winter for the endless summer of the Southwest Pacific. On Guam, I first worked on an Australian scuba diving boat that catered to Japanese tourists. My passion on the island was photography so, although scuba diving for a living was a dream in a lot of ways, I sought and found a job as a sports reporter for a small scale newspaper called the Marianas Variety. Six months later I heard about a job opening up at the Hood River News. Although I loved Guam, my job there, and the azure Philippine Sea, I sold my car, bought a $1,100 plane ticket home, and said so long to Guam for a chance at a job I grew up wanting to have.

How does it feel to be back in Hood River and covering your alma mater?

There's no place like home … especially when home is a place like Hood River. Since high school I have moved somewhere new about every six months so it feels good to settle down in my home town.

My time at Hood River Valley High School was most memorable. Covering games now, brings back a lot of memories and I feel proud to support the Eagles once again. I remember how it felt with the Hood River News camera pointed at me and now I'm behind the same camera pointing it at the next batch of young athletes.This really is the job I grew up wanting to have.

How have things changed in the last few years?

Traveling has certainly changed me since high school so Hood River is obviously differnet because I see things differently in my head. As far as the town itself, it seems the same in that it is still changing fairly fast.

What are the sports or activities you personally enjoy doing?

I used to be very competitive, especially with school sports. After high school I played lacrosse at Oregon State and soccer at the University of Guam. I tore my ACL skiing last year so that settled me down for a while. Once I got back to Guam where I could surf and scuba dive my knee had healed from surgery and I was itching for action. Leaving the waves was the hardest part of coming home.

The activities I enjoy most are ones I can express myself with; to me I find that most in outdoor gravity sports.

I revere nature. Experiencing and appreciating the earth and the elements in as many ways as I can is an important part of my life and my happiness. I’ll always be a hippie inside.

Anything else?

It's good to be home.

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